Friday, February 10th, 2017 by Cara Hullings
Did you recently write a poem for your significant other in honor of Valentine’s Day? Then come read it this Thursday at WLOY’s Open Mic Night! Outside Starbucks from 9-11pm, you can showcase your newly written love song, a classy cover, or that romantic poem to all your fellow Loyola students. Not feeling that tortured, romantic artist vibe? Come out anyway with your favorite instrument to play, or break out some dad jokes to tell the audience. No matter what you choose to do or if you choose just to watch, the February Open Mic Night is definitely not a WLOY event to miss!
Friday, February 3rd, 2017 by Cara Hullings
This Thursday from 8-10pm Son of Nun will be performing his powerful hip hop outside Starbucks. As a Baltimore citizen, Son of Nun uses his music as a voice to speak out against racism in around the U.S.. Son of Nun is not just an artist, but an activist, dedicating his time to working with various charities in Baltimore and to fight for what he believes, which is then reflected in his music. His two albums, Blood & Fire and The Art of Struggle, which you can find here, combine meaningful lyrics with strong hip hop beats and occasional some spoken word. With all this great energy and such a powerful message, you don’t want to miss this upcoming amazing show!
Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 by The ProfessorOur beloved Queen Marge got a few minutes with Teju Cole when he was on campus to deliver the 2017 Martin Luther King Convocation. Teju Cole, an award-winning writer, art historian, and photographer who is currently the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College and photography critic of the New York Times Magazine. As a public intellectual, Cole is well positioned to bring together campus conversations about urban engagement, civic engagement, global engagement, and racial justice.
Cole was born in the US in 1975 to Nigerian parents, raised in Nigeria, and currently lives in Brooklyn. He is the author of two books, a novella, Every Day is for the Thief, named a book of the year by the New York Times, the Globe and Mail, NPR, and the Telegraph, and shortlisted for the PEN/Open Book Award, and a novel, Open City, which also featured on numerous book of the year lists, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the New York City Book Award for Fiction, the Rosenthal Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and the Ondaatje Prize of the Royal Society of Literature. His first book of essays, Known and Strange Things, came out in August and features his influential essay, “The White Savior Industrial Complex” among a wide variety of other essays on politics, arts, culture, history, and contemporary global experience.
Listen to the interview
Monday, January 30th, 2017 by Cara Hullings
Cozy up by Starbucks this Thursday from 8pm to 10pm with the indie-folk group Pressing Strings. This local band will be playing their chill songs like “Life of a Tree” and “My People”. Working with the producers of Vampire Weekend, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen, Pressing Strings has perfected their soulful sound in a way that will soothe you one song and have you dancing during the next. These skilled musicians are a mix of everything from John Mayer to Skribe to Dirty Heads and will be sure to offer up a great way to spend your Thursday. So, bring your friends (or your homework), get some snacks from Starbucks and enjoy Pressing Strings!
Saturday, January 21st, 2017 by Cara Hullings
Help WLOY kick off our late night concert series this semester with Milton J and the Leftovers and Breakforth in McGuire Hall this Thursday from 8pm-10pm! This concert comes with a twist though! Make sure to represent your angsty teen days and wear some nice emo clothes, black eyeliner and those old converse. These two popular local bands are sure put on an angsty show to match the attire which you won’t want to miss out on.
Milton J and the Leftovers is a 5-piece alternative hip-hop band, reminiscent of Linkin Park, Incubus, with influences from various MCs like Slug. With this high energy, angsty music, Miltin J and the Leftovers will start the late night concert off on an awesome note. Check out some of their songs here. Breakforth is a 4-piece rock band with metal influences who combine music like Nirvana, Foo Fighters, and Pearl Jam to create the own unapologetic sound. They bring in some major teen angst with hard hitting vocals sang by Loyola’s own, Matt Weitzil. Check them out here and catch these two great bands plus your needed dose of angst this Thursday!.
Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 by Cara Hullings
New year, new you, right? Is your resolution to be more outgoing, try new activities or to show off your talents? Then come out the WLOY’s first Open Mic Night of the semester! This Thursday, the 19th, head on over to the Starbucks area between 8 and 10 to show off your singing, instrument skills, comedy, or spoken word to kick of the semester with a fun time. If you’re not interested in performing, then come on out to support your friends and hear their great music. Not to mention Starbuc’s will be staying open late, so you can enjoy the talent with a nice latte.
Monday, December 5th, 2016 by Cara Hullings
Stop by McGuire Hall this Thursday, December 8th, from 8pm-10pm for WLOY’s last event of the semester! With performances by Saleem & The Music Lovers with special guest Wendel Patrick, the show will definitely be great.
Hip-hop artist Saleem, performing with his full Music Lovers band, regularly draws a crowd at our Honfest stage. As both a spoken word poet and hip-hop performer Saleem never fails to engage an audiences ears and minds! This is a chance to hear new music from Saleem’s forthcoming album. Wendel Patrick has been called “wildly talented” by the Baltimore Sun. Playing every note on his albums, Patrick has electronically produced amazing and unique sounds. However, electronic production isn’t his only talent: he’s also “equally at home” performing with band, improvising, beat boxing, or playing classical music. With these two local artists, the last McGuire show of the semester will be one you won’t want to miss. So take a break from studying and swing by the show!
Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 by Cara Hullings
Come out this to hear some slammin’ poetry brought to you by WLOY and BSA! This Thursday from 8-10pm near Starbuacks there will be a Poetry Slam. Featuring both professionals and students, there will be spoken word of all kinds for everyone to enjoy. While the professionals and students are planned, there will be some time for anyone to come up and read, so bring your own poems and try your own hand at reading. If writing and reading poetry isn’t your thing, then just come out, grab some coffee, support your peers,and enjoy some professional poetry.
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 by The ProfessorThe dynamic duo, twins Nalani & Sarina, swung through town in November. Since they were playing 2 days in a row in Baltimore, including our show 11/10/16, we managed to snag an hour of their time on the 11th for a Studio Seizure session. With a pop style well-rooted in classic R&B and Soul music, these two always put on a great show.
For their Seizure we let them be the DJs and, not surprisingly, a lot of killer songs came up in their mix. Whether you’re talking vintage Stax Records or modern folks like Allen Stone, Nalani & Sarina know their music. And how about that time they covered a Bruce Springsteen song with The Boss in the audience?! Listen in to hear great stories and songs on this week’s Studio Seizure.
Monday, November 14th, 2016 by Cara Hullings
Looking for a rockin’ Thursday night? Well look no further! PLRLS and The Stents are coming to McGuire Hall this Thursday, the 17th, from 8-10pm and are sure to put on a killer show. WLOY will also be giving away tickets to Balance and Composure and Mac Miller during the show, so make sure you come and swipe in, Loyola students. Stick around during the show to win since Balance and Composure tickets will be given away at 9 after The Stents, and Mac Miller tickets will be given away at 10 after PLRLS.
Described as new wave/post punk rock, PLRLS’s will have you up and dancing with their fast rhythm and 80’s vibes. This local band has been playing their “colorful and angular” music since 2011 all over Baltimore. Inspired by the retro, PLRLS music conveys that image, especially their music videos, found here. You can check out all their music here and catch them live at 9pm in McGuire.
The Stents, another amazing Baltimore gem will be opening this Thursday at 8pm. This nacho loving garage rock band will set you up for a fun night full of fun jams. Inspired by bands like The Who, The Cynics and The Kinks, The Stents employ fuzzy guitar, heavy beats, harmonies, and even some harmonicas to create great songs to rock out to anywhere and anytime. You can find their music here and learn it all in time for Thursday!